Chinese culture is very influenced by different beliefs about luck and especially numbers. There are numbers that are considered auspicious and others inauspicious. They even pay large sums of money to get favorable numbers for their phones, license plates, or apartments. The numbers considered to be auspicious are based on words that sound similarly.
– 1 – The number ONE. Referred to as the Yang, male, heavenly. It is considered an auspicious number.
– 2 – The number TWO. Two or Yin, female, terrestrial. It is considered a positive number. There is a Chinese quote that says “good things come in pairs”. It is usual to use double symbology in business and brands (Double fortune, Double elephant, double happiness …).
– 3 – The number THREE. The number Three sounds like “birth” in Chinese, so it is considered a positive number. The moon frog has three legs.
– 4 – The number FOUR. The number Four is considered an unfortunate number in Chinese and Oriental culture in general, because it sounds like the word “death”. It is avoided as much as possible.
– 5 – The number FIVE. Number Five is popular since it is in the center (1-5-9). It is also related to the five elements (Wuxing).
– 6 – The number SIX. The number Six is associated with the six senses (in Chinese culture the mind is added as a sixth sense) and with the maximum score when you throw a die. There is a saying that says “Double Six will make you happy”.
– 7 – The number SEVEN. Seven is considered by some Chinese people as ghostly or spiritualistic. The seventh month of the Chinese calendar is called the “ghostly month” and it’s said that the gates of hell are open for the dead to visit the living. In any case, in general, it is considered a neutral number, since it is shared by relatively few people.
– 8 – The number EIGHT. The number Eight in Chinese sounds like “prosperity” or “wealth”, so it is considered a lucky number. Large sums have been paid to obtain combinations with this number in license plates and mobiles.
– 9 – The number NINE. The number Nine was historically associated with the emperor of China, who often wore nine dragons on his clothes. It sounds like “everlasting” for which it is considered auspicious.
What are lucky numbers?
The numbers and their mystical relationship with luck, destiny or deities can be traced back to the dawn of human history. More than 4000 years ago, there was a legend of a turtle with 9 perfect squares in its shell, 3 by 3, which Emperor Yu saw on the banks of the Luo River, and that gave birth to Luo Shu square, a tool of chinese numerology.
The Indians already related the deities, the stars and the constellations in their Vedas long before the year 5 AD (after Christ), which is when they began to write their own knowledge, since before then it was passed from generation to generation through oral tradition.
Also the Jews and their Kabbalah are very influenced by numbers. Pythagoras himself believed in the relationship between numbers and the destiny of man. In summary, lucky numbers are as old as man himself.